Conquering Sigirya, Sri Lanka’s historic rock fortress

Sigirya dominated the landscape. A two-hundred metre high rock, jutting up from the flat landscape like a fist. More than just a stone monument, a climb to the top reveals a stunning revelation – the ruins of an ancient kingdom remain on the summit.

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Wildlife spotting in Chobe national park

Our headlights were illuminating the tall, wooden, arched gate. ‘Welcome to Chobe national park’. Through those gates were elephants. Further beyond that was the border to Zambia. But we were in a pickle; we could go no further. It was dusk and the park was closing. The game lodge we wanted to spend the night in was still about three hours away, and the guards wouldn’t let us drive at night. What’s more, there were no hotels for many hours back the other way.

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Camping in the deserts of Namibia

Southern Namibia was so vast and empty, it felt like we were driving across the moon. The arrow-straight gravel highway touched the horizon with a pinprick, and the sky was a vast pastel blue, which seemed a hundred times larger than usual. We felt extra excited now; our uncle Jan in Cape Town, the nearest person who might bail us out of a crisis, was now in another country, adding an element of independence to our road trip.

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Preparing for a road trip in Africa

A road trip through Africa first seemed possible to us after watching Long Way Down, a travel documentary by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. They embarked on an epic motorcycle journey from the northernmost tip of Scotland, south through the UK, France and Italy, crossing into Tunisia by ferry. From Tunisia, they continued riding south through the entirety of Africa, ending in Cape Town after three months on the road. It looked like the perfect adventure, and we wanted to emulate exactly that!

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